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Monster Hunter Stories Brings a Turn-Based Twist to 3DS This Year

Monster Hunter Stories, which offers the classic Monster Hunter mythology but introduces additional RPG elements that shouldn’t prove quite so overwhelming to the inexperienced, is due to arrive on the Nintendo 3DS in North America on September 8, 2017. It carries a current MSRP of $39.99, and looks to provide dozens of hours of adventuring.

The Monster Hunter series has built quite the following in North America, even if the audience isn’t as sizeable in that region as it is in Japan. Gamers around the world love hunting powerful beasts in harsh terrain, then using the components they gather from the slaughter to build armor they can use to vanquish more fearsome monsters still. It’s not the most welcoming franchise for newcomers, though, and that’s why the new direction in Monster Hunter Stories is potentially so exciting.

In Monster Hunter Stories, players enter a colorful world and assume the role of a Monster Rider. They must gather and hatch monster eggs, to better survive in a harsh world full of battling and adventure. As before, they’ll be able to craft new armor and weapons that increase their chances of success, and there will be multiplayer battles and side quests galore.

If you’re not sure whether you’ll like this particular side story (after all, it does seem to be designed to accommodate a younger audience), have no fear: Nintendo is making a demo available on the eShop, which you’ll be able to download starting August 10. That gives you most of a month to dip your toes in the water and decide whether the new stories are for you, before the game hits store shelves.

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